As if planning one ceremony isn't enough work, imagine planning 3! And ladies - imagine getting to wear not one, not two, not three, but four - yes FOUR different outfits on the day of your wedding... This is all what Jess and Danny did for their multi-cultural Chinese, Korean, and American ceremonies and reception. As you can imagine, it was quite a full and exciting day.
The morning immediately jump-started with the Chinese tea ceremony, where the Bride and Groom formally serve tea to the family members and receive gifts of money and jewelry. Then, following the Tea ceremony, Jess and Danny were whisked off into a side room to be dressed for the Korean Paebaek Ceremony. The attire for this event is incredibly detailed and tedious to put on, so the Bride and Groom both needed quite a few hands to help them get dressed. Once dressed though, I felt like we all had been taken back in time to a much more traditional (and frankly, really cool) time period somewhere deep in Korea. The intricate headdresses, robes, and accessories kept me busy with the photographs for quite a while. The ceremony itself involves bowing down low on the ground before the family members, catching of dates/chestnuts, and the groom giving the bride a piggyback ride as a gesture of promise of his everlasting devotion and love for her throughout their life. Now isn't that sweet?? I loved it, and so did everyone else.
Last but not least, the American ceremony, the one we all know and love, took place at a quaint little church surrounded by trees in the Portola Valley. These two were all smiles as they said their vows, lit their candle, and finally became Mr. and Mrs.
Jess and Danny were amazing to photograph - a couple clearly head over heels in love! I noticed that immediately during their engagement session, and they proved no less in love on the day of their wedding. I couldn't have asked for a more fun and easy-going couple to photograph and I'm so happy that they chose me to document their wonderful event.